George Bernard Shaw grouped this 1892 effort among his “unpleasant plays”–i.e., those that “force the spectator to face unpleasant facts.” It succeeds so well that you may feel the urge to bathe after seeing it. Strenuously, and with Lysol. It’s so worth it, though. The unpleasantness starts pleasantly enough when young Harry meets headstrong, spoiled, seductive Blanche. They’re well on their way to an understanding when Harry discovers the unsavory source of Blanche’s wealth. The rest is a witty, truly unsparing inquiry into the exchange rate for innocence. This production suffers from a couple of disappointing performances (Kathy Logelin, in particular, leaves a gap where magnetic, monstrous Blanche should be), but director Kevin Fox nevertheless keeps both Shaw’s humor and critique nicely stropped. a Through 7/1: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Wed 5/30-6/27, 8 PM, TimeLine Theatre Company, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, Baird Hall Theatre, 615 W. Wellington (courtyard entrance), 773-281-8463, $15-$25.

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